• Mar

    It is Me

    Ok, now I really do think it’s me. I write the blog the other day, and the next day Erik Bedard gets lit up worse than his interviewing skills and the Orioles lose again. I decide not to write a comment yesterday, and the Orioles beat the Red Sox 3-1 today. Now if the Orioles lose tomorrow, I’m really going to start looking into getting paid not to write by the O’s.


    O’s send 88 MPH lefty to minor league camp
    Alright, that’s obviously a play on my headline this off season that said, “O’s acquire 98 MPH lefty.” Seriously though, has there ever been a stranger situation then this? It’s almost like the wrong guy showed up in camp with a Franklyn Gracesqui driver’s license.


    How does a guy get clocked consistently in the high 90’s by several scouts from several teams only to show up in spring training a little more than two months later throwing 88 MPH? With his injury history, you have to believe something is not right again. Either way, if his velocity doesn’t return or if he doesn’t put up dazzling numbers in Ottawa, look for him to be one of the first guys designated for assignment when the Orioles need a 40-man roster spot.


    Mazzone effect through the minors
    I couldn’t be happier to hear the Orioles minor league pitching coordinator Doc Watson say that the Leo Mazzone’s instructions will be instituted throughout the system. In case you missed it, plus members can read the complete interview from Hangout minor league spring training reporter Doc Shorebird’s interview here. In the past, it was always a question as to whether the entire system from the majors to the minors was on the same training regiment. That’s no longer the case with Mazzone here, and I personally think this is fantastic.


    Perlozzo and his band of utility men
    Call me crazy, but I love the fact that O’s skipper Sam Perlozzo is giving guys a look in different positions. First Eddy Garabito and Desi Relaford got looks in the outfield then Fernando Tatis, a lifelong corner infielder found himself starting at second base the other day. In today’s game, Ed Rogers, the former top SS prospect, got the start in left field.


    I could never understand why this was not done more of in the past. Most players are pretty good athletes and it always seemed strange that managers seem averse to seeing if players can play and other positions than what they’re use to. Grant it some of these moves don’t work out, but why not use spring training and “B” games to see what these guys can do. It only increases their value so I would think most players, especially marginal major leaguers would be very open to trying anything that could keep them in the big leagues.



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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.